France had an especially rainy week last week, and the city of Paris is flooding. Where are the floodwaters coming from? The video above – via NASA – shows rainfall accumulation data from an international project called IMERG, generated during the period from January 17 to 25, 2018. The data show that the area where the Seine River flows toward Paris had rainfall totals greater than 7 inches (180 mm).
Thus, in Paris, the Seine has been rising and is continuing to rise. Many media sources are now looking back to June 2016, when water levels in Paris reached more than 20 feet (six meters).
Flooding in Paris has gotten so bad that the Louvre closed one wing and meteorologists fear that the water could peak at 20 feet.
— CNN (@CNN) January 26, 2018
Accuweather reported on Saturday, January 27, 2018:
The Seine River in Paris is expected to rise farther out of its banks through this weekend despite northeastern France catching a break from heavy rain. The flooding has already inundated roads, railways and walking paths in Paris along the river, according to The Local.
The river is projected to challenge the levels recorded during the June 2016 flooding, during which the Louvre Museum was closed for four days as workers evacuated 35,000 pieces of art.
Bottom line: Videos show rainfall accumulation data over France, generated during the period from January 17 to 25, 2018, and flooding of the Seine in Paris.
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